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Leadership Opportunities in AMWA

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AMWA’s mission to advance women in medicine includes both developing leaders and providing leadership opportunities within our organization to work at the local, national, and international level. The leadership experience you gain within AMWA will help advance your career and expand your impact.

In 2011, the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) awarded AMWA the Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award for the contributions AMWA makes in developing medical women leaders.


Leadership Opportunities


Board of Directors. The Board holds regular monthly, annual, and special meetings to manage the business, funds, and affairs of AMWA. The Board of Directors includes between three and fourteen elected Officers and Directors who serve a two-year term. Each Officer and Director must be a voting member of AMWA. All AMWA Board members are required to serve on either a standing committee or a working group. The Board of Directors are elected annually. Meet our current Board of Directors. Apply to become a board member.


AMWA Officers include President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Officers are elected by the voting members AMWA. The Board has the option to appoint additional officers as necessary.

President. The President is elected by voting members of AMWA. The President is the Chief Executive Officer of AMWA, presides over all meetings of the Board and Executive Committee, and has the responsibility to operate AMWA in all its activities subject to its policies and budget. The President acts as a representative of the Board of Directors, an ex-officio member of all committees, and shall perform such other duties as may be specified by the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors.

President-Elect. The President-Elect succeeds the President at the close of the President’s term. In the absence of the President, the President-Elect performs the President’s duties. The President- Elect shall perform such other duties as may be specified from time to time by the President, the Executive Committee, or the Board of Directors.

Immediate Past President. The Immediate Past President acts in an advisory capacity to the other officers of AMWA, represents other committees and task groups as deemed necessary by the Governance Committee, and performs all other duties incidental to the office.

The Secretary. The Secretary gives notice and keeps minutes of all meetings of the Board. (S)he shall send copies of the minutes of all meetings to the Board and shall also see that the books, reports, statements, and all other documents required by law are properly kept and filed. The Secretary shall perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the President or the Board.

The Treasurer. The Treasurer oversees the budget and funds of AMWA and shall render to the Board on a monthly basis, the financial condition of AMWA.



AMWA has four Standing Committees: Executive, Governance, Finance & Audit, and American Women’s Hospitals Service. These and other standing committees consist of two or more Directors, may be designated and appointed by a resolution adopted by a majority of Directors in office, and shall have the powers and duties specified in the Bylaws or in such resolution. Meet our current leaders. Apply to be a Committee Co-chair.

The Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of five (5) members: the President, who shall act as Committee Chairman; the President-Elect; the Immediate Past President; the Secretary, and the Treasurer. The Executive Committee shall have and exercise the authority of the Board of Directors.

The Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall consist of five (5) members: The Treasurer, who shall act as Committee Chairman; the President and three (3) members appointed by the President. The Finance Committee shall assist the Board of Directors in discharging its oversight responsibilities relating to accounting; financial reporting; financial practices of AMWA; annual budget and outside auditor qualifications, independence and ongoing performance.

The Governance Committee. The Governance Committee consists of six (6) members. The Board of Directors shall appoint the Chair and the members of the Governance Committee, having determined their qualifications. Members of the Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Board and for such term or terms as the Board may determine. The Governance Committee shall assist the Board of Directors in planning; annual review of committee and task group needs; Board orientation and education; composition of the Board including recruitment and nomination of candidates for elected office; leadership succession, Board evaluation; and policies and bylaws.

The American Women’s Hospitals Service (AWHS) Committee. In keeping with AMWA’s mission to improve care to the medically underserved, AWHS, a project of the AMWA Foundation, provides on- going funding to small, community based, non- profit clinics and hospitals that give care to the medically underserved. It also continues to identify additional clinics and projects for the poor that receive limited financial support, are staffed and directed by women physicians and focus on medical care for all with the emphasis on the care of women and children. It regularly reviews its commitment to clinics and hospitals it supports attempting to provide funds to clinics that give the most direct patient care. AWHS also provides funding to women medical students and residents who travel to medically underserved areas in the U.S. and abroad to work in approved Program/CMEs that care for the medically underserved. The AWHS Committee shall consist of at least six (6) members including two Directors of the Board. The Board of Directors shall appoint the Chairs of the AWHS Committee, having determined their qualifications.



Chairs of all committees are appointed by the President-Elect and serve at the pleasure of the Board. The chairs and members of these Working Groups are appointed by and serve the President. Each Working Group keeps minutes of their meetings and reports to the Board. Chairs establish meeting times for the full year and prepare meeting agendas to be sent to members prior to each call. Meet our current leaders. Apply to be a Committee Co-chair. View the full list of AMWA initiatives.

Annual Meeting/Program. The Annual Meeting/Program Committee works with Headquarters to plan events surrounding the Annual Meeting. This Committee makes a recommendation to the Board on what organization to align with for the Annual Meeting, identifiers speakers/guests to invite and plans other events as needed.

Archives. Responsible for the collection and proper maintenance of essential historical documents of AMWA, either in the National Office or in a safe repository designated by the Board of Directors (currently at Archives and Special Collections on Women in Medicine, Drexel University); the collection and preservation of historical material pertaining to women in medicine; and the preparation of exhibits and other educational activities.

Awards Committee. Administers all awards presented by AMWA except as otherwise provided in other committee charges. Develops procedures for the administration of all AMWA awards and considers researches and recommends new awards; develops procedures for selecting the recipients of awards granted by AMWA to ensure continuity, uniformity, and procedural consistency in the selection process. The committee submits its recommendations for awards to the Board of Directors for approval.

Fundraising. This committee works with AMWA Staff to seek new fundraising opportunities and collaborations for AMWA Board of Directors consideration.

Gender Equity. The American Medical Women’s Association Gender Equity Task Force (AMWA GETF) strives to accomplish gender equity as a fact of life in society, and to engage in activities, action and collaborations pursuant to this goal, beginning with the healthcare industry of which women physicians are one component.

Membership and Marketing. The Membership and Marketing Committee is responsible for recruitment and retention programs, recommendations to the Board on membership types and criteria as well as monitoring the membership process with Headquarters.

Policy/Advocacy. Informs members of public issues of interest to AMWA; informs the Board of Directors of proposed federal or significant state legislation related to women in the areas of medical care, health and welfare; and represents the AMWA before legislative and administrative agencies.

Women’s Health. Provides expertise on women’s health topics for position statements, program, special projects, media and other needs.

Additional committees can be found through AMWA’s initiative pages.



Start a Local Branch by gathering at least five (5) members and submitting paperwork for form a branch. Branches must conform to the Certificate of Incorporation and Mission Statement of AMWA, and to the Bylaws and any written standards adopted by the Board of Directors. Start an AMWA branch as physicians, residents, medical students, and premedical students.



AMWA liaisons represent the interests and voice of AMWA to other organizations, coalitions, and campaigns. Meet our current liaisons. Apply to be a Liaison.



National Resident, Medical Student and Premedical Leadership Positions

AMWA’s student division grows and advances only through the efforts of dedicated student leaders! Each leadership position varies greatly with respect to responsibility and time commitment. However, all require a passion for advancing women in medicine and women’s health. AMWA student leadership consists of national, regional, and local leaders. Student leaders must be healthcare-affiliated students at the undergraduate, medical, graduate, or residency levels. National and regional leaders are elected by vote at the Annual Meeting. Local branches may assemble their leadership boards as they see fit.



Regional Governors (physicians) work together with Regional Directors (trainee divisions) to grow membership, hold events, and promote AMWA initiatives. Meet our regional governors and regional directors (medical student and premedical). Apply to be a Regional Governor or Regional Director (medical student and premedical).

  • Region 1: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
  • Region 2: NY , NJ
  • Region 3: DE, MD, PA, VA, DC
  • Region 4: NC, SC, FL, GA
  • Region 5: AL, LA, MS, TX, TN, Caribbean
  • Region 6: OH, IL, IN, KY, MI, WV, WI
  • Region 7: AR, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, OK, SD
  • Region 8: AZ, CO, NM, UT, WY
  • Region 9: CA,HI,NV,ID,MT,OR,WA,AK
  • Region 10: International
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